Three Bookplates by Frank Marjason
By Richard King, Member no. 15
An excerpt from THE NEW AUSTRALIAN BOOKPLATE SOCIETY Newsletter No. 62, September 2021
In 1989 to mark his 70th birthday, the Wagner Society of New South Wales commissioned a bookplate for Richard Wagner’s grandson Wolfgang Wagner (1919-2010) from Sydney printmaker Frank Marjason (1914-2011). I had known the artist’s mother when I was young; Gladys Marjason was also an exceptional artist in her own right. In the 1950s she was a great mentor to me, opening doors to the art world and artists of Sydney, and no doubt laying the foundations for my own journey into music and the arts. Frank was at that time a teacher of printmaking and drawing at Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre on Sydney’s lower North Shore.